Archive for July, 2007

Bibles on the Lawn

July 31, 2007

Well, what think you of this?

Personally, I know a lot of needy folks who could use part of that $438,000 to pay for food, prescriptions and utility bills.

Group to Deliver Bibles With Newspapers
Published: 7/31/07, 3:46 PM EDTBy MATT CURRY
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Everything from detergent to computer discs is packaged with the Sunday newspaper. So why not Bibles?
A Christian ministry wants to deliver custom-designed New Testaments to newspaper subscribers around the country as part of an effort to find innovative ways to spread a Christian message. But even in the Bible Belt, not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
International Bible Society-Send the Light is planning on spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute Bibles with 11 newspapers during 2007 and 2008. New Testaments would be packaged in pouches on the outside of newspapers, much like soap or other sample products.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced in May it would deliver more than 200,000 New Testaments the last Sunday of the year. David House, the newspaper’s reader advocate, said he received about 70 e-mails split between backers and those opposed to packaging the scriptures with newspapers.
“Do you have any idea how blatantly offensive this boneheaded move is to the thinking public?” a Fort Worth reader wrote in one of several letters to the editor on the topic.
Some of the outcry has come from one of the least likely sources – Christians. Bob Ray Sanders, the Star-Telegram’s vice president and associate editor, said some worried that the Bibles tossed on the lawn with the newspaper would be thrown away because most people already own a Bible.
“I expected that we’d get some criticism, but I thought it would be coming from people who were not Christian or not religious at all. Many of the complaints we got were from people who were Christian and didn’t like the idea,” said Sanders.
After an initial outcry in May, the paper told subscribers they could opt out of the delivered Bibles, which include the New Testament and local Christian testimony.
One reader wondered if he could halt other newspaper ads he doesn’t like.
“Please note on my account that I want to receive the New Testament and ‘opt out’ of all other forms of unwanted solicitation and advertising. I want no toxic hair cream, no aspartame-filled gum or any other form of unwanted advertising and solicitation,” he wrote.
The Colorado-based International Bible Society published the New International Version of the Bible in 1978, and is one of the world’s largest translators and distributors of scriptures. The group merged with Carlisle, England-based Send the Light, one of the largest distributors of Christian literature, earlier this year.
The Bible ministry’s “City Reachers” project aims to reach newspaper subscribers in eight regions, according to its Web site.
But fundraising for the projects has been slow. None has raised even half the money needed to finance the initiative yet. In Fort Worth, the group faces an Oct. 31 deadline to raise $438,000; so far, only a little more than $13,000 has been collected through church offerings and other efforts.
If the money can’t be raised, the project may be delayed.
The society’s Paul Tolleson said major fundraising in Fort Worth and other cities has only just begun. Some campaigns already have been delayed, but none have been canceled.
Tolleson expressed frustration with the complaints.
“It’s disappointing that anyone would object to getting a Bible, which is the best read book in the whole world and has been for hundreds of years. They have the right to do with it what they want to,” he said. “Do they object to getting a bag of Quaker oatmeal or Tide detergent or an AOL disc?”

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The Future of Desperate Houseflies: Your Input Wanted

July 19, 2007

I hope Al doesn’t mind my posting this. He’s out of pocket for a few days, so I couldn’t run it by him, and it seemed like a good idea, so here goes. (What’s the old saying? “Easier to get forgiveness than permission,” or something like that?)

The future of this blog is currently under discussion. Al started DH specifically as a group blog, the idea being that that would generate more discussion. As you’ve probably noticed, there hasn’t been much discussion for the past several months, and only 2 or 3 people even posting. With neither a group blogging, nor much discussion happening, one wonders if there’s any point in continuing.

Maybe DH has run its course and it’s time to retire it and let those still around reclaim their time for other pursuits.

On the other hand, while posting and discussion are down, visits to the blog have remained steady or even ticked up a bit. So it seems somebody keeps coming to see what the Houseflies are up to. What’s more, they don’t even seem to be just — or even mostly — the Houseflies and their immediate families. (This falls in the “truth is stranger than fiction” category, I believe.)

So, if you’re a lurker here’bouts (or even a sometime contributor), and you have an opinion one way or the other on retiring this blog, we’d like to hear from you. I don’t think our current settings allow anonymous comments, but you can comment using a pseudonymous account if you’d prefer to remain unknown. (If you don’t have an account, it takes about 2 minutes to set one up.)

To Housefly, or not to Housefly? That is the question. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

I See Dead People

July 18, 2007

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Weeee Love You with the Looove of the Lorrrrd!

July 12, 2007

We love you with the LOOOVE of the Lorrrd. We seeeee in yoooou the glory of our– wait a minute. Not that guy.

See, how it works is, everybody’s got a ministry. For some people, it’s preaching. For others, it’s singing or teaching or pie or building recording studios (don’t ask). These folks, though, they make asses of themselves for Jesus. It’s their ministry.

I really would like to meet Jesus, someday. He’s hilarious.

Goose and Gander

July 5, 2007

There’s no doubt that the Iraq War is much on everyone’s mind, these days. The death, the destruction, the drain on national coffers. The problem is, or has been, that there simply isn’t any solution to it that is politically viable for both the Democrats in Congress and the Republican president.

I have a solution.

Mine is a compromise solution. It detracts nothing from the president’s claims for executive power; in fact, it relies on them. It brings the war to an end without signaling surrender, and without calling into question the decision to start it in the first place. We’ll still suffer the monetary cost of the war, and we’ll still be on thin ice for a while in world opinion, but at least we’ll have a just, honorable, and lasting peace in Iraq.

My solution is simple: President Bush should commute the Iraq War.

Oh, sure, some people will object, but, hey, commutations are well within the power of the presidency. I think we can all agree with Tony Snow on that. Plus, a commutation would respect the decision of the politicians who brought us the war in the first place. It would just lighten the load a little. After all, 4 years does seem excessive. I mean, rilly, who goes into a land war in Asia and expects it to take 4 years?

Besides, there is no underlying reason for staying. It was all cooked up. Political. You know: partisan. Iraq didn’t really commit a cri- er, casus bellus. That is, they didn’t really have weapons of mass destruction; Saddam just lied about having them. So really, the whole thing is kinda phony to start with.

Yep. All in all, a commutation seems like the most just outcome. And did I mention it’s well within the president’s power? ‘Cause it is. Like, waaaaay within.